Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Some Great Shopping Spots in the Heart of Williamstown

Photo courtesy of cohdra

Some ideas for the clothes horses and the outdoors folks, with a great shop for kids and adults to visit and see what’s new. All a short distance away from the 1896 House. Stay tuned next week when we feature some great local Adams shops, only a short hop away from Williamstown.

Amy’s Cottage
24 Water Street * Williamstown, MA  01267
An eclectic boutique in the center of Williamstown, the heart of the beautiful Berkshires. We feature a wide array of gifts and women's clothing, tons of beautiful Jewlery, Scarves, Baby Clothing and Gifts. Featuring PANDORA, Vera Bradley, Robeez, Zutano, Baggallini, Demdaco Willow Tree Angels, Horse Lovers gifts, and so much more!

the Browns
16 Water Street
Williamstown, MA
Some of the brands they carry: Eileen Fisher, B.P. Studio, MaxMara, Majestic, AG jeans and knits, XCVI, Fabrizio Gianni, and Jerome Dreyfuss, Damask, Lisa b, Hannoh, Nuno, Matta, Rossopuro, Reptiles House, and Laviniatura.and some amazing vintage pieces.

Ruby Sparks
37 Spring Street
Williamstown MA
Ruby Sparks is newly created by Harrison Gallery owner Jo Ellen Harrison, run by retail veteran Cindy Jeandell, with her fashion-mate Courtney Andrews. A unique, trendy business where shopping is enjoyable, Ruby Sparks offers an energetic, service-oriented experience with clever, upbeat merchandising and a full range of highly desirable products. Offering a store mix typical of boutique shopping, Ruby Sparks products are individually selected at market with flair and exclusivity in mind. We are selling a lifestyle driven by individuality and a playful spirit for the modern woman.

Where'd You Get That!? (For the Kids and the Adults)
100 Spring Street - Williamstown, MA
Where'd You Get That!? is a specialty toy store offering a wide range of ingenious games, brainteasers, puzzles, inventive educational and developmental toys, baby gifts, humorous books, flying toys, gizmos, novelties, gourmet candy, camp care-packages, customized party favors and gift bags, cards and balloons for any occasion. Hailed "Best Window Shopping" in Williamstown, The New York Times gives Where'd You Get That!? high marks.

The Spoke Bike Shop
250 Main Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
All  types of bicycles for sale.. Children's bikes, adult mountain, road and hybrid bikes, touring bikes, cyclocross bikes, unicycles, tricycles, tandems. Offers bicycles tune-ups and bicycles accessories.

Mountain Goat Outdoor Shop
130 Water Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
Since 1982 The Mountain Goat in Williamstown has been the area's premier outdoor specialty shop. In 1999 John Bryan and Jay Merselis, lifelong residents of the area and avid outdoorsmen, bought the Goat. In 2008, John decided to pursue a new career and jay became the sole owner. With the help and support of a dedicated and educated staff, The Mountain Goat continues to be a destination. Whether your next outing takes you across the world or simply across town, we at The Goat have the technical and casual clothing, gear, footwear, and accessories you need to battle the elements and simply look great!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Get Your Game on with a Game of Golf

It’s the perfect time of year to go golfing. The 1896 House has 2 great golf courses less then 5 minutes away from the inn and 2 more with in close driving distance.

Taconic Golf Club (less then 5 minutes from the Inn)|
19 Meacham Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
Originally designed in 1927 by Wayne Stiles of Stiles & Van Cleek, our par-71 course was renovated in 2009 by renowned golf course architect Gil Hanse of Hanse Golf Course Design, Inc., Golf Magazine’s 2009 Architect of the Year. Taconic Golf Club is located on land owned by Williams College and is operated by an independent board of directors.

Waubeeka (less then 5 minutes from the Inn)
18 Hole Public Golf Course
Routes 7 and 43
South Williamstown, MA 01267
The base elevation of the golf course is 850 feet with the Taconic Range on the West side, the Brodie Mt. Range on the South, the Hoosac Range (includes Mt. Greylock, at 3,491 feet the highest point in Mass.) to the East and the Green Mountains of Vermont to the North. T'hecounty seat city of Pittsfield is 15 miles to the south and Bennington, VT, is 20 miles to the north. New York's Capital District is 35 miles to the west.

Forest Park Country Club (less then 25 minutes from the Inn)
Forest Park Ave.
Adams, MA 01220
Forest Park Country Club is a nine hole golf course located in Adams, MA.  Forest Park Country Club is open to the public.  We are a user friendly, yet challenging course. Forest Park Country Club was founded in the year 1900 is one of the oldest clubs in the United States!   We are located near the base of scenic Mt Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts.  We have a Function Room that can host parties up to 100 people.  Forest Park is open for guest play from 8:00AM until sunset everyday.

Mt. Anthony Country Club (less then 25 minutes from the Inn)
180 Country Club Drive
Bennington, VT 05201
Established in 1897, Mt. Anthony Country Club is nestled in the green Mountains and it's located in the heart of Historic Old Bennington. The course has gone through a renovation under the direction of Golf Course Architect, A. John Harvey, of the RBA Group. The new changes take full advantage of the spectacular Green Mountain location and challenge players at every level. The restoration includes new shaping of bunkers and tee complexes. A systematic agronomic program continues in all existing grass areas, fairways and greens which results in a superb quality of the turf. Come and enjoy the new Mt. Anthony. A monumental Golfing Experience!
Guest Rates http://www.mtanthonycc.com/golf.html Non-members can register 3 days in advance.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Things to do this weekend around Williamstown

Saturday July 21, and Sunday July 22, 2012
Oh, Canada 
MASS Moca, 87 Marshall StNorth AdamsMA    
Oh, Canada:Featuring works by over 60 artists across Canada, this exhibition seeks to create talks about contemporary Canadian artwork. A 450 page book accompanies the exhibition, guiding readers through Canada, its topography and artists.

Saturday July 21, 2012
Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Williamstown Theater Festival - Nikos Stage
1000 Main St, Williamstown, MA     
Last of the Red Hot Lovers: Middle-aged restaurant manager Barney Cashman has a pleasant enough existence, but his marriage provides no passion. He hopes to get away with an exhilarating afternoon that would provide a satisfying memory. However, his lack of relevant skills leads to three meetings with three different women.

Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00 – 2:00 pm.
Marble Walk at the Natural Bridge State Park
North Adams, MA (less then 15 minutes from the 1896 House)
Take a walk with the Park Interpreter to discover the natural geologic features and the remains of the marble quarry that once operated at Natural Bridge. Offered every Programs are free and start at the Natural Bridge Visitor Center with a $2.00 parking fee.
Runs every Sunday and Saturday until October 8, 2012

Sunday, July 22
The Clark Lecture Series at the Clark
Author Reading with Natalie Dykstra.  Her new biography Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life, Natalie Dykstra illuminates the life of Clover Adams, socialite, amateur photographer, and wife Henry Adams. Dykstra will present a free, illustrated talk on Clover’s life and photographs.  A book signing will follow the event.  3pm.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

One, two, three, Zip! - Ziplining!

Under an hour from the inn, zipline tours at Berkshire East offers three different tours, one of New England’s largest zipline destinations and one of the top ten in the US and check out some other videos of the zipline tours at http://www.youtube.com/user/berkshirezip

Choose from one of three zip line canopy tours
Base Tour , Mountain Top Tour or Valley Jump
Check out more information about these tours at http://www.berkshirezip.com/

Phone reservations can be made with a BECT customer service representative at 413-339-6618 during normal business hours. Online reservations may be made at any time.   Walk up guests are welcome, but cannot always guarantee you a spot on the same day, so its best to make reservations. 413-339-6618 or book online at http://reservations.berkshireeast.com/express/reservation/results.jsf?typeID=1

Check out some facts on what to wear and more at http://berkshireeast.com/zip_faq

And find them on Facebook and Twitter too!

Berkshire East Ski Area/Berkshire East
66 Thunder Mtn. Road Charlemont, MA


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Get Out and Raft!!!

photo courtesy of imma

The hottest days of summer are coming and what better way to cool off on a hot summers weekend, then go rafting!! Crab Apple White Water Rafting is about 45 minutes from the inn, perfect for an all day adventure or a morning or afternoon break. They also offer kayaking

Crab Apple Whitewater offers dam controlled whitewater rafting and kayaking in the Berkshires on the Deerfield River. Family owned and operated since 1983, Crab Apple features great river guides, riverside base camps and state-of-the-art equipment. Trips range from Mild to Wild, Full Day or Half Day

Crab Apple Whitewater
2056 Mohawk Trail, Charlemont, MA 01339
Massachusetts Base Phone Number 413-625-2288

Crab Apple offers several different options for rafting and ‘yaking:

Deerfield River - Fife Brook Section
Full Day Trip - 10 miles
Class I-III whitewater, Minimum age 8, delicious picnic lunch

Deerfield River - Monroe Bridge Section
Full Day Trip
Class III-IV whitewater, Minimum age 15, awesome cookout lunch

Deerfield River Funyaks
Half-Day Trip - 8 miles
Class I-II whitewater, Minimum ages 5 for double, 10 for single, riverside snack

Deerfield River Half-Day Family Raft Trip
Half-Day Trip - 8 miles
Easy Class I-II whitewater, Minimum age 5, riverside snack, optional cookout

Check out their helpful tips on what wear after the trip and what to bring with you!